Saturday, May 25, 2024


Rather a sour-looking morning I thought to myself as I peered out the window listening to rain pattering on our roof.  With a Walmart prescription to drop off and one to pick up, Pheebs and were soon on our way.  And it was cool enough that we had to put a touch of heat on in the Jeep.  Our usual harbor run and a quick stop at Wallyworld and the Canadian Tire store for a new weed whacker and pedestal fan before heading home in pouring rain.  Skies began clearing in the early afternoon.  And, there went another day......... 


Al's Music Box:)) I Fall To Pieces is a song written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard that was originally recorded by Patsy Cline. Released as a single in 1961 via Decca Recordsit topped the country charts, crossed over onto the pop charts, and became among Cline's biggest hits. Cline was initially reluctant to record "I Fall to Pieces" and believed its production (produced by Owen Bradley) lacked enough country instrumentation for her liking. Eventually, Cline recorded the song with the encouragement of her producer.  After being released, "I Fall to Pieces" did not receive initial airplay. However, through targeted promotional efforts, the song was brought to the attention of several disc jockeys who began playing the track. As the song ascended to the top of the country charts, Cline was injured in a near-fatal car accident. When the song reached its peak position, she was recovering from her injuries in the hospital and was unable to perform the track for several months. "I Fall to Pieces" was later released on Cline's second studio album, Showcase (1961).  "I Fall to Pieces" has since been considered a country music standard. It has received recognition from several major music associations, including the Recording Industry Association of America, Country Music Television, and Rolling Stone. Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard met in California and became songwriting partners. One night, Cochran was mulling over song ideas, when he thought of a title, "I Fall to Pieces". Cochran met with Howard at his house the next day, where they finished writing the song. The demonstration version of the song was recorded at Pamper Music in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, by Howard's wife, Country singer Jan Howard. Harlan Howard pitched the song to Decca producer Bradley, who tried to find the right artist to record it. The song was turned down numerous times, first by Brenda Lee, who found the song "Too Country" for her pop style. Bradley then asked rising Country star Roy Drusky to record it, but he turned it down, stating that it was not a man's song.  Patsy Cline was in the hallway and overheard his argument with Bradley, and asked if she could record it, instead. Bradley then accepted her offer.  However, when Cline began recording the song a few weeks later in November 1960, she had second thoughts about it, especially after she discovered that the popular Nashville background singer group, The Jordanaires, would serve as the support vocalists. Cline was afraid The Jordanaires would drown out her sound, and as a result, she was not very friendly upon meeting them for the first time, according to Jordanaire member Gordon Stoker, Cline also felt that the Pop ballad style Bradley wanted it recorded in did not suit her own style, but Bradley was trying to make the song appeal to the Pop market, an idea that Cline rejected.  The session musicians were also having trouble in the studio with the song. Composer Harlan Howard related,  On the night of the session, we absolutely did NOT want to do the standard 4:4 shuffle that had by then been done to death. We were trying all kinds of other (basic rhythm) combinations, but they all just laid there and bled all over the floor. So, it had to be the shuffle then, like it or not. But the amazing thing was, once Patsy got into the groove, she just caressed those lyrics and that melody so tenderly that it was just like satin. We knew we had magic in the can when, on the fourth take, every grown man in that studio was bawling like a baby and Bradley said `That's the one'.  After listening to the playback afterward, Cline realized that Bradley was right about the torch songs and she ended up liking the track, stating that she finally found her own identity.  Subsequently, The Jordanaires became fast friends and part of Cline's inner circle.

GROANER'S CORNER:((  On the Listening Tour, a prominent politician was pleased and proud that the local sandwich shop in a town he was visiting had named a sandwich after him.  He was somewhat less pleased after he found out what was in it.  "Mostly baloney," said the proprietor.


While creating wives, God promised man that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world.  Unfortunately, he then made the earth round.

A pig and a chicken were walking by a church where a charity event was taking place. Getting caught up in the atmosphere, the pig suggested to the chicken that they each make an offering.  “Great idea!” the chicken replied. “Let's offer them ham and eggs!”  “Not so fast,” said the pig. “For you, that's an offering. For me, it's a sacrifice.”


Q: How many country & western singers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Four. One to change it, one to sing about how heartbroken he is at the loss of the old one, one to sing about how madly in love she is with the new one, and one to go "Yeeeee-Hah !" and throw his hat in the air.


An airline stewardess was giving the standard safety briefing to the passengers. She had just finished saying 'In the event of a water landing, your seat cushion may be used as a flotation device,' when a man remarked, "Hey! If the plane can't fly, why should I believe the seat can float?"


1 comment:

  1. After getting errands done I'm glad you, Pheebs and Kelly have a warm dry home to be together in.